Welcome!

Log Management Authors: Dana Gardner, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, David H Deans, Carmen Gonzalez

Related Topics: Cloud Security, Microservices Expo, Containers Expo Blog, Log Management, @CloudExpo, @DXWorldExpo

Cloud Security: Article

An Approach to Risk Mitigation

In The Boardroom with...Mr. Anil Katarki, CISO, HP Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector

Anil Katarki is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for HP Enterprise Services (ES) U.S. Public Sector. In this role, he leads a team of IT Security Compliance, Governance and Risk Management professionals that are responsible for securing HP's capabilities and offerings within the U.S. government market sector. Prior to this role, he served as the CISO for HP's, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) business. In that role, he was responsible for IT Security Operations at the DHS Data Center. He is a 15-year veteran of EDS and now HP, and have held various other security-related roles during my time with the company.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you for joining us today, Anil. It is truly a privilege to chat with the CISO for the world's largest technology company. Before drilling down into your perspectives on today's most important cybersecurity trends, please tell us a little about your background and your role at HP.

Anil Katarki: First, let me begin by saying thank you for the opportunity to sit down and chat with you today. I currently serve as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for HP Enterprise Services (ES) U.S. Public Sector. In this role, I lead a team of IT Security Compliance, Governance and Risk Management professionals that are responsible for securing HP's capabilities and offerings within the U.S. government market sector. Prior to this role, I served as the CISO for HP's, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) business. In that role, I was responsible for IT Security Operations at the DHS Data Center. I'm a 15-year veteran of EDS and now HP, and have held various other security-related roles during my time with the company.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: We read the headlines every day and cybersecurity attacks and breaches appear to occur regularly, initiated by well-organized foreign countries and sophisticated bad guys; to the effects of natural disasters impacting networks. From your perspective, what are three or four of the most critical cybersecurity trends your customers are facing in this extremely challenging environment?

Anil Katarki: Perpetual preparedness is tough to maintain. Vulnerability management tends to be an overwhelming task because of the growing number of devices and continual stream of warnings, alerts and notifications - whether it is security patches or zero day exploits, you name it. Mapping how these affect our critical systems and establishing remediation plans is daunting. For this reason, I believe we will see more and more CISOs focused on shrinking the attack surface in order to better deal with this challenge.

In order to assist some of our customers with this very challenge, HP operates and maintains enterprise data centers for some very high-profile government clients and we have to be flexible, scalable and implement security in such a way, that it does not interfere with growth initiatives. Providing security management and visibility across physical, virtual, and especially cloud environments - where control and accountability are difficult to manage, is a real challenge. Throughout 2014, I see more efforts being expended on enforcing control and accountability in cloud-based environments.

Additionally, there is so much Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data being collected today, but nobody has an accurate inventory of where this PII is located, transmitted, or stored. Regulatory compliance requirements such as the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus rule or the HIPAA privacy rule will continue to hold service providers more accountable with stiff penalties for noncompliance.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Can you please provide us an overview of the HP solutions your team brings to market designed to address these issues customers are facing?

Anil Katarki: HP has several solutions currently deployed which are designed to address our customers' issues at hand and we proactively continually explore new ideas to address needs we foresee within the marketplace. One such example of our security innovation involves the evolution of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) technology. As you are aware, HP is the leader in this space with our ArcSight suite of products. Within U.S. Public Sector we have developed an entire offering around ArcSight, called SIEM as a Service, which is centrally managed from our Cyber Defense Alert Center. It is a tiered service offering, allowing customers to choose everything from basic log collection and retention to 24x7x365 monitoring, reporting and incident response.

Additionally, HP is also one of the first Commercial Service Provider's to receive a FedRAMP (SM) JAB authorization which highlights our commitment to delivering secure converged cloud to our public sector clients. We also recently received a contract award with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for their Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CMD) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). I am particularly excited about the HP Continuous Monitoring (CM) solution designed to provide clients with actionable intelligence regarding their current enterprise risk posture, and look forward to exploring the feasibility of offering CM as a Service in the future to help offset IT capital expenditures.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Your colleague, Navy Rear Adm. (Ret.) Elizabeth A. Hight, was quite candid in sharing previously with us that "Defending everything is, for all practical purposes, impossible in today's globally interconnected and networked world" and that "It only takes one- a single email with an embedded virus or worm; one lone instance of unauthorized network access; a solitary line of unsecure code buried deep within an application; an individual loss of a laptop or mobile device with unencrypted data.... to launch a damaging cybersecurity attack". How should an organization go about determining what they really need to protect - -in other words, to minimize their "pain points"?

Anil Katarki: My colleague, Ret. Admiral Hight, is absolutely correct. In order to fully protect our networks and systems, enterprises have to get security right 100 percent of the time, while our adversaries need to only get it right only one time before they can cause substantial damage. This makes the task of defending mission-critical assets daunting.

Most enterprises today don't have the luxury of an infinite IT security budget. Therefore, expenditures must be viewed from a business standpoint - calculating the return on investment for the dollars spent. At HP for instance, the majority of IT security funds are spent implementing security controls to protect what I consider our crown jewels - things like our financial systems or our general support systems. However, at the end of the day, it is about adopting an approach for risk mitigation, focusing efforts on high-value and likely targets for attacks, in order to best minimize against potential damage.

Another key element of the HP strategy to combat adversaries is our employees. The more security conscious our employees are the better off we are. HP invests heavily in conducting security training and awareness campaigns targeted on educating internal employees on the threats seen in the marketplace- how to identify and mitigate occurrences. That said, we could implement the best technology to guard us against all threats, but if your employees are not diligent, proactive and vigilant, then one attack is all it takes to gain access to sensitive information, damage networks and systems, and hurt your industry reputation.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: We understand that you recently participated at the McAfee FOCUS 13 Annual Security Conference. Care to provide an overview of the key topics and discussion points reviewed by your panel of experts?

Anil Katarki: As you noted, I participated in a panel discussion at this year's FOCUS Security Conference. The discussion was largely focused around how real-time threat monitoring can improve enterprise security posture and compliance proactively, while also reducing operating costs. The panel dove into how Continuous Monitoring specifically addressed the challenges customer's face today of detecting configuration drifts and vulnerabilities that may increase their exposure to attack - and how inherent security challenges, such as BYOD, may hamper agencies from achieving effective CM goals and the steps that agencies can take to ensure that all devices are detected and protected.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: On the subject of "real-time" cybersecurity situational awareness, it sounds good on paper; but, is there really such a thing?

Anil Katarki: We keep collecting data for an expanding set of events. SIEM tools today are able to conduct sophisticated correlations and analytics to help characterize attacks, identify targets, and deploy countermeasures. Vendors are building more and more intelligence into their tools and will be successful in integrating the context with alternative sources of intelligence and data exchange, to produce faster notification which will inch us closer to the "real-time" awareness goal. Now the real question is what we do with that real-time awareness data. Unless we start empowering critical front-line staff to make timely decisions and react quickly to these findings, we have only solved half of the security problem.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: If we can take a moment, I'd like to talk about "mobility" and the unique challenges it presents. There are so many devices today and even more devices under development. What are your thoughts regarding "best-practices" for organizations implementing mobile initiatives, given that it "only takes one" security incident to disrupt business.

Anil Katarki: Most enterprises permit employees to use their own device to access organizational resources, but a large number of them don't manage those devices. Social platforms are being adopted for business purposes. The challenge is how do you differentiate and restrict access for business, from that of personal use. It will ultimately be up to each entity to make a decision based on their risk appetite. Organizations will have to put in place security policy management for mobile devices to ensure basic protections. such as the enforcement of passwords, blocking jail-broken devices, encrypting or sandboxing sensitive data, and wiping all business content when a device is lost or stolen, prior to authorizing mobile devices to connect to organizational resources.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you again for joining us today, Anil. Are there any other subjects you would like to discuss?

Anil Katarki: In closing, it was an absolute pleasure to sit down and chat with you today. Your questions were certainly thought-provoking and highlight the challenges that HP and the rest of the industry face today. Our adversaries are more sophisticated and determined than ever before and the stakes are high. There is a lot of focus and talk today on Big Data, Enterprise Cloud Services, BYOD and their associated vulnerabilities, but how often do you hear about an enterprise being compromised because of these technologies? The vast majority of the breaches still occur because an employee clicked on a malicious link embedded within an email, or a server was compromised because it was not properly patched or did not have an AV agent, or even a privileged account was compromised because the password was shared between multiple administrators. On that note, I would like to leave you with the thought that we all must adhere to the basic block-and-tackles. If we keep getting the basics right, we can prevent a vast majority of the threats we face each day.

This interview originally appeared in SecuritySolutionsWatch.com. Republished with permission.

More Stories By Liz McMillan

News Desk compiles and publishes breaking news stories, press releases and latest news articles as they happen.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
We are given a desktop platform with Java 8 or Java 9 installed and seek to find a way to deploy high-performance Java applications that use Java 3D and/or Jogl without having to run an installer. We are subject to the constraint that the applications be signed and deployed so that they can be run in a trusted environment (i.e., outside of the sandbox). Further, we seek to do this in a way that does not depend on bundling a JRE with our applications, as this makes downloads and installations rat...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
The IoT Will Grow: In what might be the most obvious prediction of the decade, the IoT will continue to expand next year, with more and more devices coming online every single day. What isn’t so obvious about this prediction: where that growth will occur. The retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain industries will likely see the greatest growth. Forrester Research has predicted the IoT will become “the backbone” of customer value as it continues to grow. It is no surprise that retail is ...